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Talbot County Considering Rezoning Villages

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ROYAL OAK, Md.- Officials with Talbot County's Planning and Permits Department say they are trying to save the county's 22 villages.

Talbot County is looking at the possibility of rezoning several of the villages from their current status as a village center to village residential or village hamlet.  This would further restrict what types of businesses could move into the villages.

"Preserving community character is what it's all about.  That's what the village center board was formed around and it was a recommendation from the county comprehensive plan in 2005." said Martin Sokoilch, a representative of the department.

He says the 2005 plan was created with input from those villages, which is what has led to the re-zoning talks.

Not everyone in the villages want the rezoning though.

"What we've been sold, and what we've been told, is that this is to preserve the character.  We feel that any kind of down zoning is not preserving the character.  If anything it's going to diminish the character of the village." said Jeanne Bryan.  She and several other Royal Oak citizens are trying to push back against the proposal. 

She said the change is unnecessary, and that the current zoning which has been in place for decades has preserved the village's character.

"We're just fearful that if you take away that zoning opportunity, that's just limiting even further what people can and can't do in these villages." said Bryan.

No timeline is set for if and when this new zoning will be implemented.

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